Jovana loses out to Lao
Jovana’s run at the Surprise Tennis Classic was halted in the second round with a 4-6 7-6 6-2 defeat by Danielle Lao.
Jovana, the No.2 seed at the ITF Pro Circuit event in Arizona, had her chances to close out the victory when she served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set, but was clawed back by her American opponent.
A niggling back problem took its toll in the third set and Jovana ran out of steam. She kicked herself after making such a confident start in the first set.
“I’m going back and forth with the back problem for like two months already,” said Jovana. “It’s the same thing I had in 2014 and than I was okay for 15 months. So I’m trying to get the right treatment.
“I definitely had my chances in the second set and should have taken them. I need to go get my back sorted but I’m hopeful of being able to play in California next week.”